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Applications Engineer
Median pay: $76,400
Top pay: $108,000
10-year job growth: 24.6%
Total jobs*: 3,426,000
What they do all day? These engineers make computer applications and programs work for the user -- not against them. Not only do they help write technical specifications, they also point out bugs and inefficiencies and suggest solutions. --J.A.

Quality of life ratings:
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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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